Dr. Ziva Cooper
University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Ziva Cooper is the director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative and associate professor in the UCLA departments of psychiatry and anesthesiology. Her research involves understanding variables that influence both the therapeutic potential and adverse effects of cannabis and cannabinoids. Her current projects funded by the National Institutes of Health and the state of California include understanding the potential for cannabis constituents to reduce reliance on opioids, differences between men and women in their response to the pain-relieving effects of cannabis, and therapeutic effects of cannabinoids in patient populations. Dr. Cooper served on the National Academies of Sciences Committee on the Health Effects of Cannabis that recently published a comprehensive report of the health effects of cannabis and cannabinoids.